Consultants line up for Seeb

07 June 2002

Seven consultants have emerged as preferred bidders for themain design packages for the expansion of Seeb International Airport. Theselected firms will carry out six studies that will be drawn together into one definitive design concept for the airport.

Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), which is a consortium of British Airports Authority (BAA), the local Bahwan Trading Company, Swiss-based ABB Equity Venturesand Oman Aviation Services Company, is the client. It expects to award the contracts by the end of June (MEED 12:4:02, Construction).

The company signed in September the mandate to operate and manage Seeb and Salalah airports for a period of 25 years and invest RO 100 million ($256 million) in their development. The Seeb project is intended to increase the airport's throughput in phase 1 to about 6.5 million passengers a year from 2.3 million at present. In the long term, OAMC plans to increase capacity to a maximum of 12 million-13 million (MEED 26:9:01).

Work on Seeb's landside infrastructure is expected to involve the construction of flyover access to the main terminal and new parking facilities, and the redevelopment of the existing terminal building. Airside, the project will entail the construction of a new docking pier linked to the main terminal, with bays for up to nine aircraft. London-based HTP Architectshas completed the initial drawings for the design.

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